- walk/jog on a high school track that is cushioned. Some community centers or community colleges have the good tracks as well.
- walked for something like a month before I started the jog.
- got some ASICS (I want to say the gel foundation) - the men's side of Nordstrom's rack in Hayward has the best selection. (I did research at the ASICS website, and got my first pair fit at a running store. Now that I know my European size, it's easy to find what I need in the men's section. The running store was out of the really supportive kind in women's, and said I should be fine in mens!)
After 19 weeks, I am at about week 4 of the Cto5k program. yes I have to be careful to stretch my feet, but I am so amazed I can do the 3 miles in a jog/walk in 45 minutes - now I want to pick up the pace! 3629 days ago
I'd say do the the Cto5k. It's an amazing workout and it will make any non-runner into a runner (or something similar). It's really helpful to use a MP3 player/iPod loaded with the one of the Cto5k podcasts out there but all you really need is watch, 30-45 minutes a day for the workout plus stretching, and maybe a good pair of shoes.
One cool thing is that the Cto5k program can be done without running. I completed once by using 'really fast walking' instead of running. It was still an amazing workout and it helped build my endurance so that I could run when I did the program later.
On top of that, there's a great Couch to 5k group here on SP.
All in all, I highly recommend the program. 3632 days ago
If you are thinking about it, then go ahead and do it! I'll admit I've been considering it myself, waffling back and forth because I have flat fee, and sore muscles and walking takes so long... BUT
I found I walked yesterday and realized I move faster, went farther, and am not even sore today. Hmmm. Maybe a 5k walk (no running for me!) is doable. It would be exciting! Go ahead and do it! 3632 days ago
Ya, that is what I feel like too. It seems so daunting. Just the idea. Do you have a local friend to do it with you? If I had a friend to do it with I would be less petrified. But I think we all have it in us. And you don't have to be the fastest. I think just finishing would be good for me at this point Good lucl! 3632 days ago
Go for it! I ran my first 5K last week and I loved it. While I didn't use the Couch to 5K program, I still got the benefits via running on the treadmill after work and sneaking in some lunchtime runs with co-workers. There are a thousand reasons NOT to do something. But there are MILLIONS of reasons to do this! Good luck! 3632 days ago
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